Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So you have a prescription- now what?

Welcome to my first blog post! There will be weekly or bi-weekly posts going forward.

Before I even begin getting into pill boxes and how great they are we need to start at the beginning.

First and foremost the most important thing you can do as a patient is learn about your disease or symptoms. Do not rely on your doctor to voluntarily give you this information without asking. Be proactive, and press your doctor for clarification, especially in regard to the medication they may be prescribing. You are the "client" and have every right to keep asking and asking until you are satisfied and clear about what you are about to put into your body. Studies have shown the more engaged a patient is with their doctor the better the relationship will be. Too often people put pills inside me without knowing why they are in there. I urge anyone on medication to take accountability for educating themselves on the side effects and benefits that come with them. If you are having difficulty creating a dialogue with your doctor- try your pharmacist! Pharmacists are among the most trusted professionals in America and are vested in making sure you take your prescription correctly. Don't be shy! One of the main reasons people fail to take their prescriptions is simply lack of understanding of the medication they are on- lets face it, a new medication can be intimidating.

So please inform yourself about your ailments and medication as much as possible before taking them.
It is the first step in getting the most from your medication!

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Next blog we will go into ways to make managing your medications much easier- in the meantime check out this great blog on similar topic

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